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Armagh claim victory as Derry slip up again

By Ronnie Ingram

What a difference a month makes. Four weeks ago City of Derry were sitting at the top of 2B with a 16-point advantage over Highfield with promotion firmly in their grasp and only six games remaining.

They had only lost once, but since then they have been defeated three times in a row and allowed the Cork team back into contention. Derry still have a nine-point advantage but Highfield have a game in hand.

Armagh were the latest team to beat them (19-16) on Saturday, with man of the match Harry Boyd the main difference. Darryl Morton put the home team in front with a try which Boyd goaled and then the out-half punished the visitors for their indiscretions when he added three first half penalties.

Derry reduced the arrears to 16-6 and started the second period strongly with a converted try by Simon Logue try, only for Boyd to add a fourth penalty.

Highfield kept in the contest with a 22-8 win at Dungannon but failed to gain the extra point.

In 2A Banbridge lost 14-7 to Nenagh/Ormond in Tipperary and a draw would have been a fairer result at Gibson Park where Malone lost 16-13 to UCC.

In the remaining fixture Queen's continually made mistakes and allowed Skerries to win 29-12.

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